Associated Press Published

West Virginia AG Transfers $10M for Anti-Drug Efforts

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he’s transferring $10 million from his office’s consumer protection fund to the state’s general fund for substance abuse treatment efforts and to reduce a backlog of state police crime lab drug tests.

Morrisey announced the transfer Tuesday.

Morrisey says in a news release that it marks the fifth time that his office has voluntarily returned money to the general fund totaling $33.5 million. Last month he returned $5 million.

Morrisey says eliminating addiction to heroin and prescription drugs “demands a financial commitment.”

West Virginia had the nation’s highest death rates from drug overdoses in 2014.